Lauren Hirsch covers the consumer and retail industries for CNBC. She joined in 2017 from Reuters, where she was team leader of the M&A group, focusing on breaking consumer and retail deals. Hirsch studied comparative literature at Cornell University and has her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Scott Gottlieb, MD, is a physician and served as the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gottlieb’s work focuses on advancing public health through developing and implementing innovative approaches to improving medical outcomes, reshaping healthcare delivery and expanding consumer choice and safety. Dr. Gottlieb is an aggressive advocate for advancing the health of patients, promoting healthcare access and driving innovation. The agency’s historic and prolific advances in new policy distinguished his tenure as the FDA’s commissioner, in addition to a record-setting number of approvals of novel drugs, medical devices and generic medicines.
Under his leadership, the FDA advanced new frameworks for the modern, safe and effective oversight of gene therapies, cell based regenerative medicines, targeted drugs and digital health devices. The agency implemented new reforms to standardize drug reviews and make historic improvements of post market data collection and the use of real world evidence. They promoted policies to reduce death and disease from tobacco, improve food innovation and safety and aggressively confront addiction crises.
Previously, Dr. Gottlieb served as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs and, before that, as a senior adviser to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he helped advance policies to improve healthcare quality and promote the effective use of new medical technologies. A healthcare futurist, he has worked as a venture capitalist, founder and board member to companies that have developed new medicines and advance the delivery of healthcare.
Dr. Gottlieb is widely published in leading medical journals and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has held editorial positions on the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association and appears regularly as a guest commentator on CNBC. Fortune magazine recognized him as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2018 and again in 2019. Modern Healthcare named Dr. Gottlieb as one of the “Most Influential Physician Executive and Leaders” in its annual survey of 50 physician executives and Time magazine named Gottlieb one of its “50 People Transforming Healthcare in 2018.”
Dr. Gottlieb was a practicing hospitalist and a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is a Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winning actress best known for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ABC’s All My Children, CBS’s The Crazy Ones and Cruel Intentions, among others.
Off screen, Gellar lends her time and support to child and hunger organizations as an advocate and activist. She works closely with No Kid Hungry and Good+ Foundation as well as the nonprofit organization CARE.
In October 2015, Gellar stepped into a new role as entrepreneur, co-founding Foodstirs (www.foodstirs.com) along with Galit Laibow and Greg Fleishman. Foodstirs is an organic baking kit and mix brand that offers convenient, delicious and better-for-you ways to bring families together in the kitchen. From creative cooking kits to premium signature baking mixes, Foodstirs inspires imagination and curiosity, while emphasizing the importance of a healthier lifestyle. Gellar’s new best-selling book, “Stirring Up Fun with Food” was published in April, 2017.
Galit Laibow is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Foodstirs, where she leads growth and innovation for the most sustainable baking mix brand in the world and works to reinvent the stagnant multibillion-dollar baking mix category. In less than two years, Galit has increased Foodstirs’ sales by more than 10 times and has successfully landed the brand’s USDA Organic baking mixes in more than 7,500 natural, conventional and big box retailers across the United States. Prior to starting Foodstirs, Galit co-founded Ink Public Relations – an agency focused on consumer lifestyle product companies – where she led her team in delivering innovative brand awareness campaigns and driving significant results for her clients for more than a decade.
Greg Fleishman is the president/COO and co-founder of Foodstirs along with Galit Laibow and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. He’s spent the majority of his 20+ year career in the natural food and beverage industry and has been instrumental in shaping some of the most progressive products and hottest trends on grocery store shelves and online.
Greg’s extensive track record includes leading brands and companies within Suja, Sambazon, Kelloggs, Coke and Kashi plus launching more than 3,500 consumer products across 17 different categories and 12 countries. Greg is also the co-founder of Purely Righteous Brands where he advises leading natural products companies including Chameleon Cold-Brew, 4th & Heart, Counter Culture, REBBL and many other leading brands in the green space. Greg also co-founded Modern Alkeme SuperTonics with Larry Praeger.
Named to Forbes List of Top Consumer Catalysts of 2016, Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors for Demeter Biodynamic, Nuun, Lily’s, 4th & Heart and Once Upon a Farm.
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.
Through TerraCycle, Tom is creating circular solutions for hundreds of waste streams such as cigarette butts, dirty diapers and used chewing gum that otherwise have no path to be recycled. TerraCycle operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies to integrate this material into their packaging.
In January 2019, TerraCycle, along with 25 top consumer products companies and retailers, announced a new e-commerce shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launching in May, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single use’ consumption.
Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.
Caroline Levy is the senior beverages, household products and personal care analyst at Macquarie, based in New York City. Caroline has been a consumer stock analyst for more than 20 years, beginning her career on the buy side in South Africa and continuing on the sell side following her move to New York. She has followed sectors including restaurants, beverages, household/personal care and lodging/cruise lines. Prior to joining Macquarie, Caroline spent eight years as a managing director and senior analyst in the research department at CLSA. She also headed the consumer research team at UBS, where she was COO in U.S. research and chair of the Investment Review Committee. Caroline brings a broad and deep perspective to the industries she covers resulting from an extensive network of strong business relationships, expertise in Asia from her eight years at a leading Asian research firm and her long-term coverage of the sectors. She has made numerous media appearances including CNBC’s “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and Bloomberg. Additionally, she has been recognized multiple times in the Institutional Investor All-Star Survey and The Wall Street Journal survey for stock picking and earnings accuracy.
Kaumil Gajrawala is a managing director covering the beverage and household & personal care products sectors. Kaumil brings more than 20 years of analytical experience to this role both on the buyside and sellside, with 16 years focused on the consumer sector. Most recently, Kaumil has spent the last five years covering global consumer products at Manikay Partners, an investment firm. Prior to Manikay, he was a top-three ranked Beverage analyst at UBS, according to Institutional Investor. Kaumil holds a bachelor of science in finance from Rutgers University.
Meghan Stasz is the vice president of packaging and sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) in Washington, D.C. Meghan joined GMA in 2010 and has 15 years of experience in the environmental sustainability field.
At GMA, Meghan works on issues such as waste, sourcing, supply chain sustainability, water, energy and other topics as they pertain to the food, beverage and consumer products industry. Among other initiatives, she is currently leading the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) initiative – a collaborative, cross-industry initiative to reduce food waste sent to landfill and increase food donation to food banks in the United States. She also works extensively on packaging and recycling efforts and agriculture issues.
Prior to GMA, she spent several years with the Environmental Defense Fund where she was the project manager of the organization’s Farm and Food Policy Reform campaign.
Meghan received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.B.A. from Boston College.
Jeff Harmening became Chairman of the Board for GMA in May 2019.
He joined General Mills in 1994 and has worked for the company in the United States and Europe. General Mills is home to some of the most iconic brands in the world, including Cheerios, Yoplait, Annie’s, Betty Crocker and Blue Buffalo. Under Harmening’s leadership, General Mills has grown to the second-largest maker of natural and organic foods in the country.
Max Elder is a research director in the Food Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, the world’s leading futures thinking organization. Max has led work around the world with food companies like Barilla and Campbell’s; major foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and innovative technology companies like Google and Intel. He has written for and been quoted in The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, Quartz, Fast Company and many others. Elder has published in dozens of peer-reviewed journals and books; his research is taught at universities from Harvard to Oxford; and he speaks around the world on topics related to food systems and ethics.
David joined Evercore ISI in May 2019 and has coverage responsibility for the food and restaurant sectors. He was ranked runner-up in both food and restaurants in the 2018 Institutional Investor Survey. He has been runner-up or higher for over a decade in the survey. Prior to joining Evercore’s research team, David was most recently managing director at RBC Capital Markets. From 2000 to 2013, he was managing director and consumer sector head at UBS.
Daniel Swan is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Stamford office that leads the global manufacturing supply chain practice for the firm. He spends his time serving consumer packaged goods and retail clients on end-to-end supply chain topics across procurement, planning, manufacturing and logistics.
Peri Edelstein joined Boston Consulting Group in 2002. She leads the firm’s consumer products practice in North America and co-leads Women@BCG in New York.
Peri is an expert in growth and organization strategy. She has worked extensively in the consumer goods space in food and beverage, beauty and personal care, nutrition, and health and wellness. Peri is also a core member of BCG’s private equity practice and engages with fast-growing consumer companies in diligence and portfolio work.
Recently, Peri’s work has focused on the intersection of growth and organization strategy, including:
Peri earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School in 2007.
Michael J. Sangiacomo has served as a director of Recology since November 1990 and as president and CEO since January 1991. From November 1990 to January 1991, Mr. Sangiacomo served as acting president and CEO of Recology. From August 1988 until November 1990, he served as CFO of Recology and held the additional title of senior vice president from January to November 1990. Mr. Sangiacomo serves as a director and an executive officer for all Recology subsidiaries. He also serves as an executive officer of Nortech Waste LLC, a joint venture in which the company is a minority investor (“Nortech”).
He was also chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2002. Mr. Sangiacomo holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of San Francisco and practiced as a certified public accountant from 1971 to 1978.
Jim Donald currently serves as the co-chairman of the Board of Directors for Albertsons Companies. Prior to that he was the president and CEO of Albertsons Companies, a leading North America retail food, health and wellness company. Albertsons Companies has stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randall’s, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. The company operates more than 1,700 pharmacies, 23 distribution centers, 20 manufacturing plants and approximately 270,000 employees across the country.
Throughout his career, Donald has proven his acumen for cultivating remarkable employee engagement and improving the performance of both public and private corporations. Donald’s 47-year retail career began as a trainee in Florida with Publix Supermarkets. He joined Albertsons in 1976, which culminated in his being appointed vice president of operations in Arizona. In 1991, he was recruited personally by Sam Walton to join Walmart to lead the development of their grocery business and Superstore development. Donald subsequently left for Safeway in 1994 to be the senior vice president of their 130-store Eastern region, a position he held for two years. His first chief executive officer role was at Pathmark Stores from 1996 through 2002, followed by his most well-known appointment as president and chief executive officer at Starbucks, where he notably led the company through record growth, including five straight years of 20%+ annual earnings increases. Post Starbucks, Donald served as CEO of two other companies, Haggen and Extended Stay America, Inc. Named one of the “Top 25 CEOs in the World” by The Best Practice Institute and one of Business Travel News’ “25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives” in 2013 for his leadership of Extended Stay America, where he led its successful $565 million IPO. Donald joined Albertsons Companies in March 2018.
A native of Florida, Donald graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Century University, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Davey is the president of Strategic Analytics and a member of the IRI Executive Leadership Team. Strategic Analytics is a growth-focused division, which leverages IRI’s granular and proprietary data, technology assets and advanced analytics to develop practical and precise insights and recommendations around key sales and marketing priorities of senior executives at packaged goods and retail companies. The division is organized around four practices: revenue growth management, marketing productivity, retail productivity and strategic consulting.
Bringing to this role more than 25 years of experience at leading consulting, media/advertising, syndicated research and custom market research companies, Dr. Davey is focused on generating even further growth for the CPG and retail consulting practices at IRI.
Prior to joining IRI, Dr. Davey was a partner of the Consumer, Media and Technology practice at Oliver Wyman. He specialized in developing and applying analytic marketing solutions to solve a variety of business problems and provided strategic insights and direction. He has extensive experience in marketing modeling and marketing science as a practitioner and consultant to consumer goods, services, and B2B companies.
Dr. Davey has overseen large-scale strategic marketing engagements for some of the world’s leading consumer goods and services, packaged goods, media, technology, financial services and B2B companies during his 25-year consulting career. His work experience spans the Americas, Europe, South Africa and Asia, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, Korea, Central America and Japan. Engagements have included pricing and trade strategy, demand assessment and offer design, marketing spend allocation and optimization, customer profitability improvement, corporate and brand repositioning, brand portfolio optimization, sales force effectiveness, channel management, new product launch and marketing capability building. Dr. Davey has worked with a wide variety of survey and syndicated data, internal and external databases, marketing research tools and methodologies and marketing science models.
Before joining Oliver Wyman, Dr. Davey was a general manager at WPP’s Grey Global Group/MediaCom, where he built and led its Marketing ROI Practice. Prior to that, he held management positions in the Analytic Marketing Consulting Practices at Knowledge Networks, McKinsey & Company, AC Nielsen and ORC. At McKinsey, he directed marketing strategy, marketing spend effectiveness and branding engagements for a variety of leading firms in the consumer and B2B sectors during his five-year tenure. He was also a co-leader of the Marketing Science Center and Pricing Center at McKinsey.
Dr. Davey holds a Ph.D. in marketing modeling from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation on choice modeling won the best dissertation award in the United States in 1991. He has published articles in leading journals, such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Pricing, Strategy and Management, Mercer Management Journal and McKinsey Quarterly and has spoken at a number of industry conferences, such as Marketing Science Institute conferences and Advertising Research Foundation conferences.
Geoff Freeman is president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trade association for America’s food, beverage and consumer products industry. Since taking the helm, Freeman has launched a strategic campaign to transform GMA into a powerful, modern advocacy organization aimed at driving growth across the industry. Freeman has instituted key organizational changes to deliver on this mandate and promote key industry values including affordable access, consumer choice and product innovation.
Freeman joined GMA in August 2018 after serving for five years as president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, the trade organization representing the $240 billion U.S. casino gaming industry. During his tenure, Freeman led a successful effort to reform and modernize the AGA, build public support for the industry by reshaping the narrative around gaming in America, and pursuing a proactive policy agenda to open new pathways for industry growth. Under his leadership, the AGA spearheaded a multi-year, research-driven campaign to demonstrate gaming’s broad support across the political spectrum and promote the industry’s role in spurring economic growth, job creation and tax revenues in communities across the 40 states where gaming is legal. That campaign generated the tailwinds needed to drive AGA’s signature initiative under Freeman – the legalization of sports betting. In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports wagering, which cleared the way for states to create a legal, regulated betting market with the help of the casino industry. While leading AGA, Freeman drove a 200 percent increase in membership and doubled association revenue. Freeman remains involved in the gaming industry as an independent director of AGS, a gaming equipment supplier.
Previously, Freeman served as COO of the U.S. Travel Association, where he helped conceive and drive a campaign that resulted in the passage of the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act, which was hailed as “the industry’s biggest legislative victory in a decade.” The Act led to the creation of Brand USA – a public-private partnership that has helped the United States capture a larger share of the lucrative international travel market. In the aftermath of 9/11, Freeman created a blue-ribbon panel headed by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to analyze how to improve travel security without compromising travel efficiency. This effort led directly to the creation of TSA PreCheck – a program that allows over two million Americans to expedite security screening at the nation’s airports. Both the Travel Promotion Act and TSA PreCheck demonstrate Freeman’s ability to identify industry opportunities, craft a winning policy response and drive campaigns that succeed in gaining broad support among diverse stakeholders Freeman’s previous experience includes serving as vice president at APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm, along with roles at American’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Freddie Mac.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Freeman lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and three children.
Barb has more than 29 years of professional experience providing services to large multi-national corporations through a variety of leadership roles and is currently the vice chair and U.S. consumer products leader for Deloitte. Based in Minneapolis, Barb directly provides services to a variety of consumer and industrial product clients focusing on their regulatory environment, supply chain, technology and processes, and other business issues and opportunities. She leads her practice by providing industry insight and supplying guidance to our professionals and clients around business opportunities and managing their risks.
Barb’s prior leadership roles include many within Deloitte’s multistate tax practice: regional multistate leader, manufacturing leader and the multistate leader for the Minneapolis office. She has previously had leadership roles within Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative and Minneapolis Inclusion.
Dr. Mike Witt currently serves as corporate director of plastics circular economy for Dow. In this role, he has corporate management and strategy responsibility for driving a plastics circular economy, in addition to leading Dow’s effort for implementation of a value chain coalition aimed at ending plastic waste in the environment. Mike serves as leadership group chair within the International Council of Chemical Associations. Mike also serves as the management sponsor for the Disability Employee Network within Dow and was elected Chair of Dow’s political action committee, DowPAC.
Mike has previously held a variety of positions in environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S), as well as Dow’s Energy Business, Public Affairs, and Supply Chain. He served as Dow’s global leader for toxicology, health services, regulatory affairs, industrial hygiene and EHS&S auditing. He also led Dow’s Energy & Climate Change team and worked in Dow’s product stewardship organization supporting numerous global businesses. Prior to that, he served as a consultant for the Global Chlorinated Organics business and as a research specialist in toxicology and environmental research. Mike supported the Dow Global Remediation Team by leading the implementation of innovative and sustainable remediation techniques at various locations around the world. Mike joined Dow in 1998.
Mike holds masters and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. He also holds a MBA in executive management from Northwood University. He is the co-author of several publications and patents.
Dr. Alexis Crow leads the Geopolitical Investing practice at PwC, helping leading corporations and asset managers to capitalize on dislocations in order to profit and expand around the globe. Previously, she was managing director at New York-based G2 Investment Group, where she was responsible for developing investment strategies for the firm and for providing counsel on geopolitical issues across asset classes.
Prior to joining G2, Dr. Crow was an expert at the London, U.K. -based think tank Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), where she led a project on managing risk across cultural boundaries and which facilitated dialogue between governments, business executives and thought leaders in key global hotspots. Crow is a regular speaker on economics, finance and geopolitics in conferences and thought leadership forums in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East.
Previously, Dr. Crow was a teaching fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also worked as an analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, and managed the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St. Andrews, Scotland. Dr. Crow holds a First Class MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Masters and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Italian and beginners Hindi. Dr. Crow has contributed frequently to international print, radio and television media, including The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg, BBC, BBC Arabic, France 24, Al-Jazeera, Xinhua, CNN, The Washington Post and World Post/Huffington Post. She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School.
Virginia Janssens has been managing director for the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) since July 2012. EUROPEN is a unique cross-sectoral EU industry association in Brussels, presenting the opinion of the packaging supply chain in Europe, without favoring any specific material or system. EUROPEN members are comprised of multinational corporate companies spanning the packaging value chain (raw material producers, converters and brand owners) plus national packaging organizations all committed to continuously improving the environmental performances of packaged products, in collaboration with their suppliers and customers.
Prior to joining EUROPEN in January 2010 as EU affairs manager, Ms Janssens acquired considerable experience in the Brussels arena working both as a public affairs and public relations consultant for various clients coming from the environment, food, chemical and energy sectors. Ms Janssens obtained a master’s degree in political and social sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a second master’s degree in intercultural management at the ICHEC Business School in Brussels.
Cal Dooley is president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Under his leadership, ACC has achieved some of its greatest successes in recent memory. In 2017, Mr. Dooley led industry efforts in helping secure the historic “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that included key provisions that improve and support a vibrant and competitive U.S. chemical industry and manufacturing sector. In 2016, following years of bipartisan negotiations, Mr. Dooley oversaw the passage and enactment of the “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” legislation which reformed the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and ushered in a new era for U.S. chemical regulations. Prior to that, Mr. Dooley’s leadership led to the reauthorization and reform of the Surface Transportation Board; a four-year authorization of the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards” program; and passage and enactment of the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act,” providing industry a safe harbor against lawsuits when voluntarily sharing and receiving info on cyber threats and defenses.
Prior to joining ACC, Dooley served as president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Products Association. Earlier, Dooley represented the 20th District of California as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004.
Dooley holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.
Lesley Rohrbaugh is director of market research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Lesley is responsible for coordinating and executing aspects of consumer, B2B and strategic research programs across all technology categories at CTA, as well as developing overall research strategy and project planning. Lesley has led research teams for several major corporate and non-profit brands, is a frequent speaker at many industry events, and was recently on the board for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Insights Association. Lesley holds degrees in psychology and sociology from Virginia Tech.